Clary Sage Essential Oil
Botanical binomial: Salvia sclarea
Other names: Clary Wort, Clear Eye, Common Clary
Country of Origin: Bulgaria
Part of plant used in production: Fresh flower
Methods of production: Steam distillation
Description: Clary Sage is a biennial or perennial herb that can grow up to 1 metre in height. The plant has purple or blue flowers and hairy leaves.
Characteristics: Salvia scalera produces a clear to pale yellow oil. It's odour is pungent, floral, fresh, and sweetly herbaceous with a bittersweet or nutty undertone
Properties: Sedative on the nervous system and spasmodic on smooth muscle due to linalyl acetate. The oil exhibits a cooling effect on inflammation.
Constituents: Clary Sage oil contains a mixture of monoterpene esters and monoterpene alcohols. Its dominant components are linalyl acetate (63-80%), and linalool (8-28 %).
Uses: Treating depression, cleansing and rejuvenating skin and hair, perfumery, and some food essences. Clary Sage is used as a component in soaps, detergents, creams, lotions and perfumes. Maximum amount reported in perfumes is 0.8%.
Blends well with: Bergamot, Citrus, Frankincense, Geranium, Jasmine, Neroli, Petitgrain, Pine, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang.
Interesting Facts: Clary Sage was originally produced for perfumery and fragrance trades. In the Middle Ages it was used to aid digestion, clear out the kidneys and decrease menstrual difficulty. The name 'clear-eye' comes from the historic use of the seeds to treat eye infections.
Safety: Non-toxic, non-irritant, and non-sensitizing at 8% dilution. Caution should be taken if pregnant or lactating due to the spasmolytic effect of the oil.